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Family ties: Genealogy search stirs up memories

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Founding member of the El Dorado Hills Genealogy Society Trevor Thomas recently made me an offer I couldn’t refuse. He volunteered to dig into my family past in exchange for a little publicity about the society’s monthly mentoring sessions. My mother’s side of the family hails from rural Tennessee and is full of interesting characters […]

3 Comments / May 26, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

War stories: Grinnell wins, then loses Silver Star

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  This is the second part of Dick Grinnell’s story he shared with Village Life. The first part was published on May 25 and can be found on villagelife.com. Last week we met 75-year-old former U.S. Marine Dick Grinnell, who used a fake birth certificate to enlist at age 16 in 1952, during the Korean […]

1 Comment / May 26, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

All for Mom: Kids, community supports EDH woman

FAMILY MATTERS — Priscilla Jensen, Abi Jensen, Chris Jensen, McKenna Saxton, back row left to right, and Lola Jensen, Julie Jensen and Rachel Campbell rallied Saturday to raise money for Julie, who suffers from multiple sclerosis. Courtesy photo

On Saturday, May 21, Julie Jensen’s five determined children — Lola Jensen, 6; Priscilla Jensen, 10; Abi Jensen, 12; McKenna Saxton, 16; and Scott Saxton, 19 —held a “Please Help Our Mom” community yard sale fundraiser to help pay for their mom’s promising stem cell treatment in Panama. The procedure is very expensive and not covered […]

No Comment / May 25, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos | Read More »

Gravestones to be removed; process unclear

HEAVY LOAD — Larry Ealem, of Stockton, member of Black African American Association and Mike Contreras, owner of Stockton Monuments, carry a sample replacement tombstone after the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene.

Racially offensive grave markers that have been in place since 1954 will be removed from the Mormon Island Relocation Cemetery at the west end of El Dorado County. Who will do the work, when it will be done and how the ugly chapter in history will be closed are questions yet to be answered. The […]

No Comment / May 25, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Hot Dog! It’s The Stand

THE FAMILY STAND —€” John Koogle his daughter Jennifer Curtsinger and son-in-law William, left to right, enjoy selling hot dogs at local Little League games. They donate a portion fo their proceeds back to the program. Village Life photo by Julie Samrick

There’s a new fixture on the El Dorado Hills Community Services District  baseball fields these days and with its bright umbrella and swarms of new fans it’s easy to spot. The Stand, a mobile hot dog cart owned and operated by El Dorado Hills residents William and Jennifer Curtsinger and her parents, John and Suzann […]

8 Comments / May 24, 2011 | Posted in Business,Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Mom turn inventor creates DishwasherMATE

GINA JACKSON invented DishwasherMATE after she became frustrated with dirty and melted plastic containers coming out of her dishwasher. The El Dorado Hills mom will appear on QVC this summer to sell her product. Village Life photo by Krysten Kellum

Frustrated when your dishes flip in the dishwasher? Tired of hand-washing things that fill with that icky water? Then Gina Jackson has the solution for you — DishwasherMATE © by Gina J.! The El Dorado Hills mother of three daughters invented DishwasherMATE, a thermoplastic rubber mat that goes on top of the full dishwasher racks […]

4 Comments / May 24, 2011 | Posted in Business,Feature Photos | Read More »

El Dorado Hills, Tahoe offer redistricting challenges

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The redistricting process must adjust the boundaries of El Dorado County’s five supervisorial districts to equalize populations, all the while respecting its ever evolving but loosely defined “communities of interest.” County attorney Ed Knapp, who’s helping oversee the process, contends that two things are certain: It won’t be easy, and someone’s not going to like […]

1 Comment / May 23, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »